Shaping the Leaders of Tomorrow

College is a defining time for students as they determine their career paths, clarify their priorities and values, and plan for the future. OU-JLIC (Seif Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus) fosters an ongoing commitment to Torah study and lifestyle, providing a warm and welcoming home for Jewish students on campus. Now in its twentieth year, the OU-JLIC’s network of Torah educators currently reside at 22 campuses in the United States, Canada, and Israel.

Photo on left: Students participating in a Havdalah service at the home of a campus couple. This scene is just one example of how OU-JLIC brings the feeling of home to students on campus.
Photo on right: The 461 ongoing chavrutot with students and OU-JLIC educators learn topics that include Chumash, Navi, Gemara, and Mussar.
students served by OU-JLIC in 2019
students received personal and halachic counseling from Torah educators
students participated regularly in social programs
students regularly learn Torah

Preparing for Life Beyond College

Yavneh–Building Jewish Communal Life on Campus

Yavneh connects students to meaningful Jewish experiences, community-building opportunities, and each other. Administered by the OU in partnership with World Mizrachi, the program empowers undergraduates to build a vibrant Jewish life on campus—offering fellowship initiatives, intercollegiate Shabbatonim, and leadership conferences.

Students Spend a Summer Learning and Working in Jerusalem

This year, 71 students from over 22 campuses were given the opportunity to live, learn, and work in Jerusalem. In partnership with World Mizrachi and Bnei Akiva/TVA and generously supported by Nefesh B’Nefesh, Summer in Jerusalem provides internship opportunities, Torah learning, and nightly social programming.

JLIConnections Celebrates One Year of Matchmaking

This past summer, OU-JLIC’s matchmaking platform celebrated its one-year anniversary. In its first year, JLIConnections facilitated three successful engagements and continues to connect a growing number of Jewish singles. To date, OU-JLIC Torah educators and alumni have suggested over 300 matches; 42 couples are currently dating.

Helping Young Women Prepare for Married Life

Created in partnership with the OU Department of Synagogue and Community Services, Ani L’Dodi V’Dodi Li: A Kallah Teacher Guide covers the Jewish laws and outlook on marriage and intimacy. OU-JLIC Torah educators have used the guide to prepare over 800 kallot for married life.

OU-JLIC Campus List
  • • Bar-Ilan University
  • • Binghamton University
  • • Brandeis University
  • • Brooklyn College
  • • California State University at Northridge
  • • Columbia University / Barnard College
  • • Cornell University
  • • Greater Toronto
  • • IDC Herzliya
  • • Johns Hopkins University
  • • New York University
  • • Princeton University *
  • • Queens College
  • • Rutgers University
  • • Santa Monica College
  • • UCLA
  • • University of Chicago
  • • University of Illinois
  • • University of Maryland
  • • University of Massachusetts
  • • University of Pennsylvania
  • • Western University*
  • • Yale University
* Part-time
Rabbi Aaron Greenberg (Greater Toronto) officiates at the wedding of an OU-JLIC student. OU-JLIC Torah Educators have taught over 1,350 chattanim and kallot and been asked to officiate at over 240 student and alumni weddings.

Choosing a College and Preparing for Life on Campus

An Essential Guide Helps Students Choose a College

The second edition of the OU-JLIC college guide featured updated campus profiles, student-written articles, and an abundance of invaluable information for high school students, parents, and college guidance professionals. For the first time, the guide could be ordered by individuals or read for free as an e-book.

Jewish Day School Leaders Address Student Challenges in High School and College

Heads of school and principals of Jewish day schools from across the U.S. gathered to share best practices and discuss the challenges faced by Jewish high school and college students. The full-day conference included a panel discussion with principals and OU-JLIC Torah educators, as well as collaborative roundtable discussions.

Online Panel Prepares Parents and Students for Life on Campus

In January, a panel of educators and other college professionals helped high school students and their parents prepare for life on campus. Topics discussed included comparing colleges, thriving socially and religiously in a college environment, BDS, anti-Semitism, and more.

Couples on Campus Serve as Role Models to Jewish Students

Programs are typically led by husband-and-wife teams of educators. Through their engaging, enthusiastic perspectives, campus couples present a positive face of Judaism. Their partnership, and the presence of their family on campus, show students how a Jewish family can live a joyous Torah lifestyle.

OU-JLIC published the second edition of its essential guide to choosing colleges for high school students and their parents and college guidance personnel.
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